It's time for warm, snuggly dresses! I made these two ponte dresses last year here and here and wore them to death through winter with stockings and through the colder days in summer. In fact the geometric ponte dress is so pilled now I can only really wear it around the house. Note to self Fabric.com ponte pills like mad.
I had a fabric trip the other week where I bought a few pieces of fabric for some winter pieces, honeymoon clothing pieces and swimwear in mind. I also bought my wedding dress fabric too - more on that later! So this fabric I picked up from a shop in Cabramatta that sells designer remnants. Once I'd picked up one great piece of fabric and left it at the counter the guy kind of hovered around me telling me which designers they get remnants from and offering me discounts on basically anything I picked up. I like this fabric store! In case any of the Sydney Spoolettes are wondering it's called Van Hung and it's the store closest to where we had lunch on one of our meet ups.
This fabric is dreamy. It's a really thick jersey almost the thickness of ponte but the drape is gorgeous. I'm pretty sure it has some silk content too because it was a slip and slide under the needle. Basically it's perfect for a winter dress. It was about 1.5 metres for $17 - score! Which meant I had enough fabric (just) to make it a three-quarter sleeve length.
I made this dress with the same pattern mashup as I did for my ponte dresses using Simplicity 2444's skirt piece because I love the pleats. Seriously this pattern just keeps on giving. Last time I used the two most central pleats and folded the other one out. This time I forgot which pleats I'd used originally so I used the two most outer pleats of the three. Note to self: I have a blog for this kind of thing!
So you might notice I have this roll of fabric where I folded out the pleat which looks a bit weird from this close up but doesn't look to bad from far away. Those people that make patterns, they sure know what they're doing. I wish I had the ability to follow them all the time!
I used my usual neck binding method which I found on a Megan Neilsen tutorial because I love the clean finish it gives. I also added elastic to the waist so it wouldn't stretch out over time. I noticed on my last ponte dresses that they shrunk after a while and the waistline got higher and higher. I think this is partly to do with washing but not tumble drying the fabric before making those dresses. This time I washed and tumble dried this fabric so I could wear it longer. I also made the waistline hit my belly button rather than my natural waist which is a couple of centimetres higher. Hopefully all of these factors will mean that the waistline stays around my waist forever more.
For now I'm excited to have a snuggly dress for this cold weather that's creeping up on us!